I never received an education in politics, and it is absolutely unforgivable. Depriving a person of an education in political philosophy is quite literally depriving them of their basic human rights. How can a person understand how the systems of law and governance exist to serve them as a citizen, if this person possesses no understanding of how these systems are built, maintained and altered? 

At no point during my formal education was I ever given an overview of the political landscape or taught the value of political engagement.

I was doubly disadvantaged because my family were not especially politically engaged, so I received no political enlightenment at home either. 

As I went through my teenage years, I did start to put the pieces of the political puzzle together, but the only political exposure I received was what I would see on the news, which, let’s be honest, is not the best means of developing a fairly represented and thoroughly considered political philosophy.

It was not until I started my postgraduate studies that I made a pledge to properly understand politics. 

My political studies were greatly (and rather unfortunately) aided by the Brexit Catastrophe which occurred alongside the building of my MTA Portfolio.

If you want a real-world case-study of how a supposedly democratic political system operates and is stretched to the absolute limit of its capabilities, then a national crisis… that threatens the union of the United Kingdom, increased the divisions of the population and has consistently weakened the global standing of the country… is certainly a pressing reminder of the control politics has over all our lives and why the informed political engagement of every citizen is vitally important.  

19 Courses

Political Philosophy: An Introduction

Platform: iversity

Institution: iversity

Started: 06/07/2016

Finished: 09/08/2016

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Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom

Platform: Coursera

Institution: The University of Manchester

Started: 22/06/2016

Finished: 23/03/2018

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Revolutionary Ideas: Borders, Elections, Constitutions, Prisons

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Started: 29/03/2018

Finished: 14/05/2018

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Introduction to the UK Parliament: People, Processes and Public Participation

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Houses of Parliament

Started: 24/04/2017

Finished: 24/04/2017

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The Changing Global Order

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Leiden University

Started: 22/04/2016

Finished: 06/05/2016

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International Organizations Management

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Griffith University

Started: 16/06/2016

Finished: 22/06/2016

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Configuring the World: A Critical Political Economy Approach

Platform: Coursera

Institutions: Leiden University

Started: 09/05/2016

Finished: 26/05/2016

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Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Platform: Coursera

Institution: HEC Paris

Started: 22/06/2016

Finished: 20/07/2016

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European Culture and Politics

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Groningen

Started: 27/09/2016

Finished: 11/10/2016

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Why the European Union? A Brief History of European Integration

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Geneva

Started: 01/06/2016

Finished: 25/07/2016

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Towards Brexit? The UK's EU Referendum

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Univeristy of Edinburgh

Started: 17/06/2016

Finished: 29/06/2016

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International Affairs: Global Governance

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Started: 12/12/2017

Finished: 17/03/2018

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Global Studies: Cultures and Organizations in International Relations

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Grenoble Ecole de Management

Started: 27/06/2018

Finished: 01/09/2020 

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Global Studies: The End of Globalisation?

Platform: FutureLean

Institution: Grenoble Ecole De Management

Started: 13/12/2017

Finished: 01/01/2018

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Corruption

Platform: Coursera

Institutions: University of Pennsylvania

Started: 03/02/2018

Finished: 24/04/2018

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Crime, Justice and Society

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: The University of Sheffield

Started: 23/09/2016

Finished: 17/05/2017

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Law for Non-Lawyers: Introduction to Law

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Monash University

Started: 17/05/2017

Finished: 18/05/2017

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Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security

Platform: edX

Institution: The University of Adelaide

Started: 04/07/2016

Finished: 30/07/2016

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Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Murdoch University

Started: 09/08/2018

Finished: 17/08/2018

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1 Book

How To Stop Brexit - And Make Britain Great Again

Author: Nick Clegg

Publisher: Bodley Head

Published: 2017

Started: 20/12/2017

Finished: 25/12/2017

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Humans are social creatures, gregarious by nature. Our lives are inextricably entwined with those of countless other people. Some of these people we know well, others we know only vaguely, but the vast majority we shall never know at all. So we must pay attention to the business of living with those others, and this is the essence of politics. It is not hard to argue that we need to bother with politics. It matters to us all, for example, that laws should be fair; that a class or clique should not oppress us; that governments should be chosen in a democratic way (and thus be accountable); and that we should be clear not only about our rights, but also about the responsibilities we have towards one another. From tyrannical regimes to persecution and genocide, history is littered with examples of the terrible consequences of getting politics wrong – of not finding ways of living together.

Steven Law, Philosophy, 2007:161